The Mating Mind
By Geoffrey Miller
What if the human brain has evolved in its complexity not just to attain dominance of the planet, but to become more adept at the mating game? Psychologist Geoffrey Miller's The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature poses this question with a series of arguments that tie into Darwin's theories of sexual selection. Drawing on research, history, pop culture, evolutionary psychology, and economics, Miller works his point that much of human culture came about for the same reason peacocks have beautiful tails: The survival of the sexiest. Paperback, 528 pages.